1917

1917 (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Universal) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. War films have largely been either political or patriotic, but always keen to exploit the mental or physical suffering of those on the front line. The depiction of the battles is not just to wow the audience but also to give us … Continue reading 1917

The Warrior

The Warrior UK (2001) Dir. Asif Kapadia All of us at one point in our lives have wanted to quit our jobs but how many are in the employ of someone who will have you killed if you upped and left? Maybe that person wasn’t the right one to take a job for in some … Continue reading The Warrior

The War Of Loong

The War Of Loong China (2017) Dir. Gao Feng When it comes to war the French have long been dismissed as “surrender monkeys”, which is a little odd when you consider the immense legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte. It also seems to have slipped a lot of people’s memories that they were once upon a time … Continue reading The War Of Loong

The Orphanage (Parwareshghah)

The Orphanage (Parwareshghah) Denmark/Afghanistan (2019) Dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat For most of us, our teenage years were spent hating school, arguing with our parents, listening to music, becoming curious about the opposite gender, and looking ahead to becoming adults. In the Middle East, this would be a luxury for a large number of teens, whose lives … Continue reading The Orphanage (Parwareshghah)

Fedora

Fedora Germany/US (1978) Dir. Billy Wilder There is a heavy price to pay for fame. Many struggle with the loss of privacy as a public figure, which they then lament when they later become invisible; others overindulge once the royalty cheques arrive and end up back to square one financially. The worst toll fame can … Continue reading Fedora

The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) France (1967) Dir. Jacques Demy When people fall in love they feel the need to shout it from the rooftops for everyone to hear, and maybe even break out into a spontaneous dance routine to express the joy they are current experiencing. Only in the movies … Continue reading The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

WWE – Elimination Chamber 2020

WWE – Elimination Chamber 2020 (Cert 15) 2 discs DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 221 minutes approx. The caprice of Vince McMahon and his protean moods and decision making was never more destructive to a WWE PPV than this one, the annual obligation filler between Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania that is Elimination Chamber. At … Continue reading WWE – Elimination Chamber 2020

Samurai Marathon (Samurai marason)

Samurai Marathon (Samurai marason) Japan (2019) Dir. Bernard Rose Just like we Brits have the London Marathon and the US have the New York Marathon, Japan has the Tokyo Marathon, but unlike ours, theirs has its own mythos for being an annual event. Yes, the Greeks started it all, but as we know, Japan always … Continue reading Samurai Marathon (Samurai marason)

By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu)

By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu) France/Belgium (2019) Dir. François Ozon “God teaches us to love children. Just not that much.” These words are not meant in jest, spoken by a high-ranking cardinal when discussing an accusation of historical sexual child abuse by one of his priests. Based on real events, this is … Continue reading By The Grace Of God (Grâce à Dieu)

Jawaani Jaaneman

Jawaani Jaaneman India (2020) Dir. Nitin Kakkar Being a parent means adopting a new level of responsibility not just for your life but that of your child. Some people are built for it, others need adapting to it, but what of those who fear it? Who are they most afraid of letting down - the … Continue reading Jawaani Jaaneman